Out of the three lectures ね is the easiest to predict for me because it is always related to a price as in 値が張る (which is the only place where I would read it ね when alone), this lecture can also be found in 値段 (the more casual word for 価格 (it may be worth noting that the 訓読み of 価 is あたい)), 高値 or 安値.

Things are a little unclear when 値 as the meaning of value. Technically, it should be read as あたい since it is its 訓読み, nevertheless I have heard Xに値{ち}を取る in a probability course and in some other settings I have heard 値 read as ち when isolated.

So I am wondering, how to read 値 when alone, how can I choose between ち and あたい?

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    Related: japanese.stackexchange.com/q/12540/7810 Commented Apr 27, 2016 at 7:15
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    btw I never heard of 値{ち}を取る, is it used in math or economics settings or something? Commented Apr 27, 2016 at 7:18
  • @broccoliforest Yes, I have heard it while attending a math course, it may have been a mistake but it confuses me. Xに値を取る means taking values in X (used in probability) Commented Apr 27, 2016 at 7:38
  • Hmm... I've only heard あたいをとる for that situation throughout my what little math education experience. Commented Apr 27, 2016 at 7:44
  • 「値をとる」は「あたいをとる」って読む気がします・・・ 例えばここ: 「どのような値(あたい)をとることができますか」
    – chocolate
    Commented Apr 27, 2016 at 7:48

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The on-yomi of this kanji, ち, is not used alone; it only appears in compounds such as 中央値【ちゅうおうち】 (median), 平均値【へいきんち】 (mean), 最頻値【さいひんち】 (mode), 真偽値【しんぎち】 (boolean value).

If you just want to say value (of something) in mathematical/statistical/programming contexts, this kanji is always read as あたい.

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